Evil Exists

4 Dec

If there’s one thing I’ve noticed about the left-wing reaction to the latest shooting in America – an act that has all the hallmarks of ISIS-inspired random slaughter – it is the conviction that better laws or more gun control would have prevented the shooting. The bodies had not yet finished cooling when politicians and activists started screaming for more gun control and blaming the atrocity on the NRA.

What these people don’t want to face, I think, is that the blunt truth that evil exists, that there are people out there who are willing to live in America, raise a daughter … and then, one day, leave the daughter with the grandparents and start a murderous spree that was almost certainly pre-meditated. These people are so convinced that there’s no such thing as evil that they imbue guns with magical powers, with the power to convince their holders to kill. These people believe, genuinely believe, that reducing the number of legal guns out there will stop mass shootings.

The facts stand against them. French gun control laws are strong – and they were unable to prevent terrorists from killing dozens of people in Paris. British gun control laws are strict and yet they were unable to prevent the deaths of dozens of schoolchildren in Dunblane . In the United States, there appears to be an inverse correlation between gun crime and cities with strict gun control. Indeed, depending on which source one reads, the vast majority of American shootings take place in gun-free zones. And I would not care to suggest that British crime rates, while largely free of gun-related crimes, are any better, overall, than America’s. The absence of guns on the streets hasn’t kept violent crime from taking place.

The blunt truth is that there are people out there who are prepared to kill for their beliefs. Or because their victim has something they want. Or because they find their victim’s gender/sexuality/religion/colour unacceptable. Or because they’re psychotic and willing to kill purely for the hell of it. And there are people out there who will do the most terrible things, who will put themselves beyond the bond of morality, merely because it feels good – or because, in their warped and twisted minds, it’s the right thing to do.

Guns don’t fire themselves. Nor do knives move to stab people on their own. And yet people believe that banning guns (and then knives, and then … what? Forks?) will stop violent crimes.

There is an absurd willingness, among our elites, to appease the violent. To think, or at least to say they think, that the violent have justifications, that there is some overarching reason that the violent are not actually in the wrong. These people hem and haw about violence; they prefer to point the finger at guns or engage in victim-blaming rather than face the facts that there are people who cannot be reasoned with, who will eventually stop being appeased and start a bloody slaughter. And yet, those people will only be encouraged by any hint of weakness. To give them an inch is to watch helplessly as they take a mile.

You cannot negotiate with such people. To try to understand their viewpoint is to throw their victims under a bus and delay the inevitable moment they will come for you. You can only stand up to them, to make it clear that their behaviour is unacceptable, that it will bring them nothing but pain. But if you blame inanimate objects like guns, or choose to accept their self-justifications, you merely prolong the suffering of their victims.

Evil exists. It has to be fought.


26 Responses to “Evil Exists”

  1. jklangford December 4, 2015 at 10:49 pm #

    Great blog post! I agree completely. The head in the sand approach to life is very much on the rise here in America. Very irritating!

  2. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard December 4, 2015 at 10:53 pm #

    Worse, IMO Evil does exist and It exists in the minds of too many Liberals. Liberals are quick to call Conservatives evil but practice hatred themselves. [Frown]

  3. Rob Godfrey December 4, 2015 at 11:05 pm #

    Guns make mass killing far easier, no other nation on earth has the pattern of mass shootings and spree killings the US does, THAT is the point, easy availability of an efficient method of killing makes such incidents worse.

    • Rob Godfrey December 4, 2015 at 11:24 pm #

      Also Dunblane was the LAST mass shooting we have had, because the weapons involved where banned (in my view the ban went to far, but not pertinent), yes criminals will get weapons, but the easier to get them it is, the more fantasists and the mentally ill/religious fanatics will carry out plans cooked up in evil dreams.

      • wrath53339 December 5, 2015 at 12:41 am #

        Realllllllllllllllllllllllllly???????? There wasn’t a mass shooting in Cumbria a year or so back?

    • Maggie December 5, 2015 at 5:25 pm #

      How can you tell this lie? With all the murder and death all over the world?

  4. JJ Reuter December 4, 2015 at 11:36 pm #

    What people need to keep in mind is that terror is a strategy. It forces people to give up freedom for a sense of security. A small act of terror causes kneejerk regulatory actions and people who are afraid, because of media and government hype, demand something be done. Hitler did it with the Jews. If we as a culture would stop worrying about offending someone or dreaming of a perfectly safe world, we would do what our ancestors did and handle it. Armed men created peaceful societies throughout history. The muslims would not be a boogey man if we were all armed and had the reputation of courage and ability to act. Taking away the sheepdog to not offend the wolves is insane.

  5. ranger3277 December 5, 2015 at 12:03 am #

    So you think that people who are on a ‘no fly’ list should just go and buy any weapon they want? As an American, I think that if there were better laws and brought back laws that would of tracked how much ammunition these people were buying, the assault rifles they were buying, then this probably wouldn’t of happened.

    And another thing, we in the west brought this terror unto ourselves. With supporting a terrorist state in the form of Israel, to supporting dictators who are more than happy to behead their own people for the trivial of crimes, to regime change in countries to make sure the people we want in power stay in power … we brought this ‘evil’ as you so dramatically call it, onto ourselves.

    While you can’t stop ALL crime, you CAN do everything possible to limit the possibility. But you have to balance that with not stepping on people’s freedoms. Maybe you sir like to live in a dictatorship, I don’t.

    After reading some of your comments, I have to wonder Mr. Nuttall if you are calling for an extermination of an entire race just to make sure we fight this ‘evil’ … that we brought onto ourselves. Because after reading some of your comments, I seriously have to wonder if you are calling for such a thing.

    • Roberto December 5, 2015 at 2:04 am #

      Israel isn’t a terrorist state. Iran is. You’re a little off on the spelling.

      Israel is defending itself. If you recall, a half-dozen MUSLIM countries decided to “run those Jewish pigs into the sea with the help of Allah” and attacked them.
      Apparently Allah was busing that week because Yahweh showed up and the Israelite Army trounced the Muslims and send them packing, taking some land in the process. That’s what happens when you lose a war- you lose real estate. Just ask Germany if they still own Austria. Or Poland. Or France. Or Mexico if they still own Texas. Nope on all accounts.
      The fact of the matter is that Israel is a LONE democracy surrounded by terrorist-supporting dictatorships that cause problems throughout the world.
      Oh- and the Muslim world has been hacking each other’s heads off LOOONG before we Westerners got there.

    • none December 5, 2015 at 8:38 am #

      So you think that people who are on a ‘no fly’ list should just go and buy any weapon they want?

      Of course. In the US you need to convict someone of a crime to deny them a constitutional right. You’re talking about a law that would allow the government to disarm you simply by putting your name on a list.

      We have due process for a reason.

    • chrishanger December 5, 2015 at 7:01 pm #

      Even if you were correct about us ‘bringing the terror upon ourselves’, would that make it right? Being a victim (or thinking of yourself as a victim) doesn’t give you a free pass on whatever you do in retribution or revenge.


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  6. duncancairncross December 5, 2015 at 12:20 am #

    Evil exists
    Yes – BUT

    In the USA there are many more of these mass murders

    Is this because Americans are more evil?

    Or is it because it is a lot easier to get the killing tools in the USA?

    When Australia had it’s weapons buy back they also changed the requirements to own a gun
    Simple changes
    You had to leap through a couple of bureaucratic hoops and join (and attend) a gun club

    For most of us these were not onerous requirements
    But for the type of individual that seems to become a mass shooter??

    There is some evidence that these things that to a normal person are easy are actually very difficult for the type of loony that ends up shooting people

    The result seems to be that the Australian experiment was actually a lot MORE successful than we though it would be

    • Dennis the Menace December 5, 2015 at 1:13 am #

      Australia doesn’t have a constitutional restriction that forbids government from interfering with their right to bear arms much, either.

      And ultra strict gun control Norway couldn’t prevent a lone gunman from slaughtering a bunch of children of the political elite at a summer camp, either.

      Gun free zones aren’t respected by the criminal nor the insane.

    • Maggie December 5, 2015 at 5:32 pm #

      I’m glad that no one is murdered in Australia.

  7. Gary F. York December 5, 2015 at 1:09 am #

    Well said, Chris!

    Here in the United States, it seems pretty clear that efforts at ‘gun control’ do not effectively deter (criminal) gun violence.

    While it is certainly true that, were it possible to entirely prohibit guns, there would be NO gun crime. But the attempt to prohibit trade in substances that others want to have has been, here at least, profoundly unsuccessful and has wasted far more lives than it ever managed to save.


  8. PhilippeO December 5, 2015 at 2:52 am #

    ” And I would not care to suggest that British crime rates, while largely free of gun-related crimes, are any better, overall, than America’s. ”

    The keyword here is ” largely free of gun-related crimes ”

    This one is major importance to many people in America, you should consider that mass-shooting in America is very frequent and regular phenomena.

    Gun control will not stop every crime, Norway happen, Paris shooting happen, but it will reduce the number of gun-related crime (and their casualties). With stricter gun-control only the more committed criminal will spend time and resource to acquire one. The teenager who hate school will no longer have easy access to gun, they will have to resort, like in China and Japan to mass stabbing who generally have much lower casualties.

    The existence of evil doesn’t mean all evil are equal. There are many lesser evil that can be controlled, reduced, eliminated.

    Brawling had been much reduced compare to Middle Ages. Dueling no longer widespread. Highway Robbery no longer exist in England. Sheep-raiding had practically disappeared, and clan feud and vendetta following it had disappear. Modern Society with it social safety net, professional crime fighter and judiciary, and thousand other innovations had eliminated dozens of very mundane and widespread evil that people in 17th century regarded as commonplace. It doesn’t make modern western democracy paradise, but it show that evil can be reduced.

    • Maggie December 5, 2015 at 5:40 pm #

      ISIS is not committed to death and murder, so will obey gun control laws starting in never. If you can’t defend yourself you are a slave and must beg your master to save you.

  9. Jas Pennock December 5, 2015 at 3:55 am #

    Chris your blog is an interesting perspective into what can only be called a current horror of the modern age.
    I think something that a lot of people don’t take into account with Western culture, especially over Middle-Eastern, Russian and Chinese is the amount the media has to play in incidents such as the latest US shooting. I live in Australia, and even here we had intense coverage, as we do for all of those type of incidents, as the media love to hype these type of incidents, creating even more terror.
    For a long time I have said that they are one of the world’s worst terrorist organisations, simply for their promotion and coverage of events, the words they use, and the fear they try and elicit, all for better sales and viewers.
    Chris is right, guns don’t kill people, people do, BUT, less guns would make it more difficult for these mass shootings.
    One thing that we all need to look at is WHY people are doing this, sure terrorism is a cause, but what about mental health, can we put more money into this and resolve issues here?. Supposedly only 1 in 5 mental patients in Australia that require hospitalization, actually have a bed. The rest just bounce through the system until a major incident occurs, like one of the 20-30 odd Police related shootings around the country in Australia in the last couple of years. I realise it’s not a lot compared to the US, but we have only 10% of your population as well. The point is, too many incidents related to mental health.
    Although recently, more and more related to Terrorism
    Chris is right though, Evil does exist, but it will take common sense, intelligence and tolerance to beat it.

    Great blog Chris, thanks for invoking such a great discussion about such an emotive topic

  10. Larry Charbonneau the Ellder December 5, 2015 at 9:22 pm #

    In the current history of homo sapiens, I seem to think that there’s an irreducible minimum of assholes born into this world Now, if asshole were imprinted on their foreheads at birth, we could dispose of them easily enough, and tell the mother to start over. But it ain’t and we have to figure it out as the years go by. Think of the thugs at Dodger Stadium after a losing game, or the rabid soccer fans in England. I think all Isis is , is a convention of these assholes, and now that we have a large number of these assholes in one spot, we simply need to take appropriate action. We, of course, wouldn’t get ’em all, but we’d simply have to keep track of these gatherings as they occur over the years, and act accordingly. Simple, huh?

  11. chad December 6, 2015 at 4:59 am #

    the problem with america is there are so many guns that any gun control will not work, and confiscating and disposing guns would not go over well woth the american public. america has to face the music and just go to a sort of mutualy assured destruction mentality where evergy place you go WILL have people armed with guns. thus a deterent to acts of terror and even petty crime due the decreased chances of success.

  12. duncancairncross December 6, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    Just an additional point – some of you appear to be under the misapprehension that violence is on the increase
    World wide violence has been on the decrease for over 2000 years

    In the original hunter gatherer societies as much as 1 death in 7 was murder – possibly even higher
    Then Tribes – with a lower but still sky high murder rate
    Then States
    Then as we track things we see the murder rate (including deaths from warfare) steadily going down
    The 20th Century with both WW1 and WW2 had a lower death rate than the 19th Century which was lower than the 18th Century
    (Lower death rate – not less actual deaths due to the population increase)


    The murder rate in the USA and most of the rest of the world increased in the 1960’s and then started decreasing again about 1990

    IMHO that was probably caused (at least in part) by lead in petrol leading to a generation with brain damage

  13. Cathy Howat December 6, 2015 at 7:44 pm #

    Actually, Chris, weren’t the much tougher gun laws in the UK, the result of Dunblane? Thus the laws could not have prevented it, as they did not exist until AFTER

  14. Brad December 6, 2015 at 9:46 pm #

    Wow – great conversation here. Having read it through, a couple of comments about gun control (with acknowledgment that the US and UK do have different approaches).

    1) Since we do have constitutional protections around keeping and bearing arms here, strict gun laws are not coming any time soon. The regulation we see (waiting periods, background checks, and now maybe psych evals) are the response of frustrated politicians to their inability to address the constitutional issue – due to the gun lobby, and the fact that we really like our guns here.

    2) Restricting firearm purchases would not prevent the kind of terrorist activity we have seen recently at all. The kind of planning that goes into those operations, or for that matter, the planning of the mass shooting crazies, requires that the means be acquired before the plan is put into action. You might (maybe) keep a hand gun out of the hands of some one on medication, but a group that needs bombs or automatic weapons will still get them (like in Paris).

    Living in Kentucky, the world headquarters for the brand of crazy we call the Tea Party, gives a unique perspective I think. I have this amusing picture in my head of media coverage following a van full of terrorists after an attack, with hillbillies shooting at them from highway overpasses as they try to flee. Unlikely scenario, but this will be the last state to start restricting guns I think, or perhaps a close second to Texas.

    I wonder what would have happened if a number of the victims in California had been armed, or others at the Center that were close. Not guards, just people. Maybe there wouldn’t have been an attack, because the prey had teeth, and the terrorists knew it.

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard December 6, 2015 at 10:00 pm #

      Every “mass shooting” (as defined by the News Media) in the US has happened in a Gun Free Zone (including the latest one).

      Oh, there are other mass shooting in the US but the News Media calls them “gang shootings” and they happen in the cities with the strictest gun control laws.

      Of course, the gangs always find sources for illegal guns.

  15. Kevin December 8, 2015 at 1:11 am #

    Eh. Agreed on two counts. That liberals have a tendency to miss evil and that gun control in this case is entirely misplaced.

    On guns in general however, i feel that the fact that cities in the us ban guns is silly not for your point but rather because it is so easy to get a gun 15 miles away or one two hour trip to another state that bans are useless. In countries that have strict gun control, yes, bans definitely destroy the murder rate. That if plain fact. Quoting US cities is always a conservative misdemeanor when gun availability in the US is so high.

    As for a contending poiny about liberals and conservatives. Liberals may have a hard time locating evil but conservatives have a tendency to divide every th into black and white with no room for the middle and/or compromise…. hehe but I’m ranting…

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard December 8, 2015 at 1:33 am #

      LOL. In my experience, Liberals have as many (or more) Black And White Issues as Conservatives.

      If you don’t agree with Liberals on those issues, then you’re Racist, Sexist, Homophobic, Fascist, etc.

      While Liberals often don’t use “evil”, they use “Racist”, “Sexist”, “Homophobic”, “Fascist” which basically means that the person is being called “Evil”.

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